Avangard Shut Out AK Bars to Take Series Lead
Tuesday March 10th 2009, 9:08 pm

Avangard Omsk bent, but refused to break despite surrendering six power play opportunities and 31 shots to number two seed AK Bars Kazan en route to a 2-0 shutout victory in game one of their quarterfinal round series.  Defenseman Nikita Nikitin got the Hawks on the board in the first period with a wrist shot from the right point, and fellow blueliner Denis Ezhov doubled the lead early in the second with a slap shot from the left point that beat surprise starter Stanislav Galimov though a screen.  Bars’ number one goalie Fredrik Norrena suffered an undisclosed injury earlier in the day, prompting Galimov’s first start of the playoffs.  He stopped 15 of 17 Hawk shots.  Alexander Fomichev got the start for Avangard, stopping all 31 shots he faced.  Jaromir Jagr finished the match a +1 with one shot in 16:45 of playing time (linemate Jakub Klepis lead all forwards with 18:10 of ice time thanks to his roll as a penalty killer.)  The two teams will go at it again on Wednesday, when all four quarterfinal series are in action.

Scoring:
0-1 9:02 Nikita Nikitin (Anton Kuryanov)
0-2 24:04 Denis Ezhov (Jakub Klepis)

Dynamo Tops CSKA

In Moscow, the first game in the battle of old Soviet adversaries saw Dynamo top CSKA by the score of 2-1.  All the scoring in the game was done in the first period, with Dynamo getting on the board first, when Denis Tolpeko scored off a beautiful cross-slot pass from Mattias WeinhandlSergei Zinoviev put Dynamo up by two when he won a footrace to the rebound of former Ranger Karel Rachunek’s slap shot from just outside the blueline.  Denis Parshin scored CSKA’s only goal late in the first with a wrist shot from the right cirlce.  Vitaly Eremeev stopped 27 of 28 in goal for Dynamo, while Konstantin Barulin got the call for CSKA, making 36 saves.

Scoring:
0-1 1:44 Denis Tolpeko (Mattias Weinhandl, Petr Cajanek)
0-2 5:50 Sergei Zinoviev (Karel Rachunek)
1-2 17:29 Denis Parshin (Sergei Shirokov)

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